First Edition of the Code de Procedure Civile with Early Annotations by a Breton Lawyer [Code Napoleon]. [Lucas de Peslouan, Eugene Marie (1791-1873)]. Code de Procedure Civile, Edition Originale et Seule Officielle. Paris: De l'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1806. [iv], 246 pp. Interleaved. [Bound with] [Code Napoleon]. Table Alphabetique et Raisonnee des Matieres Contenues dans le Code de Procedure Civile. Paris: De l'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1806. [iv], 108, 4 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sprinkled sheep, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and gilt ornaments to spine, edges of text block rouged, blind tooling to board edges. A few scuffs to boards, considerable rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, front joint cracked, front board beginning to separate but secure, front free endpaper edgeworn and partially detached, minor worming (?) to final text leaf and rear free endpaper at center of hinge. Light toning, annotations to rectos and versos of most interleaves, most likely by Eugene Marie Bonaventure Lucas de Peslouan, a few manuscript notes in same hand laid in, "Lucas-Peslouan" to title page of Code. $3,000. * First edition. The Code de Procedure Civile was issued two years after the publication of the Code Civil (Code Napoleon). It is one of the main components of the legal system established during the Empire. (The Table Alphabetique et Raisonnee is a companion index volume.) The annotations in our copy date from 1810 to 1820. This period coincides with the career of Eugene Marie Bonaventure Lucas de Peslouan, an attorney from a notable Breton family that produced several generations of lawyers and notaries. His annotations, which range in length from phrases to several sentences, are notably meticulous. They comment on the articles, give clarifications, pose procedural questions and refer often to laws from the Revolutionary period and early years of the Empire. Several notes are cross-references and there are a number of comments in question-and-answer form. For example, in the section "Proceedings Before the Courts," "The claims directed against undivided successions in the national domain, do they fall under judicial or administrative jurisdiction? "Answer: "They must be prosecuted administratively=Cour.
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